Oct 7, 2015

Retrial system needs revamping

As illustrated by the case of Masaru Okunishi, who passed away after decades on death row without getting the new trial that he deserved, Japan's retrial system is seriously flawed and in need of reform.

Oct 4, 2015

Ex-justice chiefs join anti-death penalty rally

Hundreds of people who rallied against capital punishment ahead of World Day against the Death Penalty on Oct. 10 were joined by two former justice ministers who shared their experiences wielding the authority to order executions. At the meeting Saturday of around 200 people, ...

U.S. state of Georgia executes only woman on its death row

Sep 30, 2015

U.S. state of Georgia executes only woman on its death row

The only woman on Georgia’s death row was executed early Wednesday, making her the first woman executed in the southern U.S. state in seven decades. Kelly Renee Gissendaner was pronounced dead by injection of pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. She was convicted ...

Sep 10, 2015

Arkansas to resume executions in October after 10-year hiatus

Arkansas on Wednesday set execution dates for eight convicted murderers starting in October and running until January as the state moved to carry out its first death sentences in a decade under orders by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson. Hutchinson’s plans call for two executions ...

Aug 25, 2015

Saudi Arabia executed 175 in past year: report

Saudi Arabia has executed at least 175 people over the past 12 months, on average one person every two days, according to a report released Tuesday by Amnesty International. The 43-page report titled “Killing In the Name of Justice: The Death Penalty in Saudi ...